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Hit-and-Run not really hit-and-run: I told police friend

Israeli man on road after pick up truck appears to have ran over his head.

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Koh Samui man driving truck ran over tourist but did not stop to help the injured man because he was afraid onlookers might attack him.

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Hit-and-Run not really hit-and-run:  I told my police friend

On Saturday night on the island of Koh Samui, a man driving a truck ran over an Israeli tourist and fled from the scene.

In a low-quality video, it appears that the pickup truck knocks the man down and then drives over his head:


As for the excuse given for not stopping, the truck driver said he did not stop to help the injured man because he was afraid onlookers might attack him.

He turned himself in to police on Monday morning and claimed that he had contacted a police officer he personally knew so what he did was not really hit-and-run.

Despite his excuse, the driver was charged with hit-and-run and reckless driving resulting in injury but was released immediately because living on Koh Samui, he was not considered a flight risk.

Miraculously, the Israeli tourist is still alive and recovering in the hospital on Koh Samui.

Netizens on social media were appalled by the whole incident, declaring: "They have to arrest this bastard. The authorities must get serious about traffic problems. Are they going to let Thailand become Deathland, full of accidents like this?"

http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1447653921

http://bangkok.coconuts.co/2015/11/16/charging-elephant-injures-9-tourists

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/Nine-injured-by-startled-elephant-at-Night-Safari-30272996.html

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Vocabulary:

appalled : shocked or having strong feelings of disapproval - ท้อใจ, ผิดหวังอย่างมาก

appear : to seem - ดูเหมือนจะ, ดูเหมือนว่า

arrest : (of the police or, in this case, soldiers) to take someone under control because they are believed to have committed a crime - จับกุม

authority (noun): a person or government agency who has the power to make decisions or enforce the law - เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ

charge  : an official statement accusing someone of committing a crime - ข้อกล่าวหา

claim (noun): saying that something is true although it has not been proved and other people may not believe it - ข้ออ้าง ข้อกล่าวหา

consider : to regard as; to think of as - ถือว่า

contact (noun): having communication with someone - การติดต่อ การสัมผัส

declare : to state something firmly and clearly - ยืนยัน

despite (prep): used to show that something happened or is true although something else might have happened to prevent it; used to show that somebody did not intend to do the thing mentioned - ถึงอย่างไรก็ตาม, ทั้ง ๆ ที่

excuse : a reason that you give to explain why you have done something bad, or why you have not done something that you should have done - ข้อแก้ตัว, ข้ออ้าง

fled (past of flee) : escaped; left an area very quickly because of a danger there - หนีไป

flight risk : someone who is likely to try to escape to avoid being punished -

hit-and-run : (of a road accident) caused by a driver who does not stop to help - ที่ชนแล้วหนี

immediately (adv): happening right after something else with no delay; right away - ทันที

incident : something that happens, usually something bad - เหตุการณ์

injured (adj): hurt in an accident, natural disaster, attack, etc. - ได้รับบาดเจ็บ

injury (noun): physical damage done to a person or a part of their body - อาการบาดเจ็บ

knock (noun): a sharp blow (hit) from something hard; an injury -

miraculously : in a way that seems impossible or very surprising - อย่างไม่น่าเชื่อ

netizen : a person who uses the Internet a lot - พลเมืองเครือข่ายคอมพิวเตอร์

onlookers : people who watch something that is happening in a public place but are not involved in it - ผู้ดูเหตุการณ์

personally : used for saying that you talking about yourself or are giving your own opinion - โดยส่วนตัว

quality : the standard of something when it is compared to other things like it; how good or bad something is - คุณภาพ

reckless (adj): doing something dangerous and not worrying about the risks and the possible results - ชะล่าใจ, เสี่ยง, ไม่ยั้งคิด

recover (verb): to become normal and healthy again - ฟื้นฟูสภาพ, ฟื้นฟูร่างกาย

release : allowing someone to go free - การปล่อยตัว

scene : site; a place where something happens or happened - สถานที่เกิดเหตุ

social media : the use of web-based and mobile technologies to turn communication into an interactive dialogue, e.g., Facebook, Twitter, etc. - เครือข่ายสังคมออนไลน์

turned himself in : surrendered - ยอมจำนน

whole (adjective): all of something - ทั้งหมด

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